Monday, February 16, 2015

6 Ways To Conquer Fatigue In The Workplace

Fatigue At Work
Fatigue is an all to common office epidemic that's been plaguing workers for years. In today's post we'll share 6 helpful tips sure to help you conquer fatigue in the workplace. From eating healthy to collaborating with your team, we're ready to help you defeat fatigue for good!

1.) Eat Healthy

A well rounded breakfast is the foundation for productivity and efficiency in the office. As all good work days start with a healthy breakfast, it's important to kick of your morning with this essential step. Eating vegetables and fruits in the morning will provide you with the energy you need to tackle your daily tasks without becoming fatigued. In addition, you'll want to eat a healthy lunch that provides you with the energy you need to get through those long afternoon stretches. We can't pound down burgers and fries and expect to be energized when we get back behind our office desks to work. Consider a well rounded lunch that won't leave you feeling groggy. Forming these good eating habits in the workplace will have you better equipped to tackle fatigue that could otherwise be self inflicted by skipping breakfast and eating poor quality lunches.

2.)  Practice Good Posture

It's a must to form good posture habits in the workplace. Poor posture will have you operating at a slower rate and fatigued in no time. That being said practicing good posture habits will improve your blood flow and reduce body stressors commonly plaguing us throughout the work day. When it comes to workplace posture, good habits start with the chair. Adjust your seating regularly to find your optimal working position. Try to maintain a good working angle and keep your back in contact with the chair at all times. You'll also want to make use of your chair armrests, head rest, and lumbar support to help you operate in posture perfect positions. Don't settle for poor posture. If you do, you could be causing your body serious harm that could otherwise be avoided. Place reminders and tips around your desk to ensure you have these habits on the brain while working. Studies have shown that workers with these reminders around the office work more effectively and comfortably. When combined, fatigue doesn't stand a chance!

3.) Go Ergo

We've all heard about workplace ergonomics and it's benefits. But have you taken the time to evaluate your office needs? If fatigue is a factor you deal with regularly, consider adding ergonomic tools designed to help! Ergonomic monitor arms, foot rests, articulating keyboard trays, height adjustable workstations, and the modern ergonomic chairs avalable in 2015 all work together to create more functional work environments built around tackling fatigue and keeping your comfy. Once you've selected the ergonomic products you feel will best benefit your daily needs, take the time to master your products to get the most out of them. Adding the best ergonomic chair on the market to your office won't mean much if you don't know how to use it properly. Workers who make a commitment to ergonomic efficiency find that fatigue is no longer an adversary!

4.) Deskercise

Deskercise has become the hottest office craze in 2015. This trending practice involves stretching and exercising right behind the desk! When you find that fatigue is taking over your day, look up a few simple deskercises online and put them to use. Many of these easy to follow exercises will revitalize your body and have you ready to conquer the work day. As daily deskercise routines are being recommended by physicians and industry professionals alike, finding new stretches and behind-the-desk movements is becoming easier and easier. Lots of diagrams and videos are available to help you create a routine that works for you. Try it once and you'll be hooked!

5.) Avoid Late Nights

You can't stay up till 2:00 in the morning staring at the tube and expect to have a quality work day. This is a recipe for fatigue that should be avoided at all cost. It's absolutely necessary to ensure 8 hours of sleep on a nightly basis to ensure an energy efficient work day. On the flip side, you don't want to oversleep either. Too much rest can actually make you feel equally groggy as your body is not used to the major sleep swings. Commit to a doable sleep schedule during the week and do your best to maintain it on the weekends as well. Bed times are not just for the little ones anymore! If you want to conquer fatigue, you'll need the right amount of rest to get the job done right!

6.) Collaborate

There's a reason why modern businesses are transitioning from the private cubicles of the past and into open desking configurations! Collaboration in the workplace is an important tool that's beneficial to both you and your business. Working together with your coworkers will have you more engaged in your daily tasks, and thus more likely to conquer fatigue. While you don't have to kick your cubicles to the curb just yet, consider group activities, meals, and strategy sessions to kick your collaboration efforts into high gear. You'll be defeating the fatigue monster while building better relationships with your team mates that will no doubt pay long term dividends.

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